My heart goes out to the families that are caught up in the poverty struggle. “Life” happens and one should never make a blanket judgment as to how a person ended up there. You would think from reading these responses that living in Creekwood is a “free ride” and a big party. NOTHING in life is free. There is a COST associated with having to live in those conditions. Yes, we ALL make unwise decisions in life… especially as young rebellious adults. I was one of those young adults that made one of MANY mistakes in life. My father raised me single-handedly to the best of his ability and always stressed the importance of an education. And like most teens I rebelled and ended up pregnant at 19 and living in Creekwood. I continued to pursue my education at CFCC & UNCW, working 2 part-time jobs. I was able to save up enough money to relocate out of Creekwood and into a ranch style home on Section 8. Yes, another Gov’t housing program that I am so grateful was in place to help me go to the next level. By the time I had graduated from UNCW, I was married with 3 children and no longer on the system. We are currently homeowners in one of the most expensive cities in NC…. CARY. Who would have thought right? From Creekwood to Cary, NC. It was not an easy journey as a single parent. Yes, I made those mistakes and I made sure that my kids did not pay for my mistakes. There were lots of sacrifices made and family support provided to get me to where I am today. Some are not fortunate to have that same support as I did. Affordable housing is definitely as much needed resource for a lot of people. Don’t say get rid of the housing because of a few bad apples who are wreaking havoc, who may not even reside there.
Another thing that I’ve learned over the years is that Crime can happen ANYWHERE. Plus I know for a FACT that people living in 3500 sq ft homes are getting government assistance as well. Case in point, a MARRIED white woman with 3 kids lied to the system and said she was separated from her husband in order to get Medicaid to pay for her child birth. She also got wic vouchers and food stamps. I’m not sure what address she told DSS.. but had she given her Clayton address they surely would have denied her. So please don’t think that only the poor take advantage of the system.
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